Meet the Real Shelter Dogs of California: Sonoma Edition!

Meet the Real Shelter Dogs of California: Sonoma Edition!

What’s more Real Housewives than Wine Country? (Answer: NOTHING!)

By Stacy Lenz

The Real Housewives love wine. They love to drink it, they love to throw it, they love to buy elaborately-bedazzled openers for it—and sometimes they even try to produce it. (Wines by Wives, anyone?) 

So it only makes sense that this installment of The Real Shelter Dogs would come from what is essentially the Real Housewives equivalent of Disneyland: Sonoma County. The Sonoma Humane Society is a no-kill shelter focused on bringing humans and animals together. They have a variety of programs to aid local animals in need and they fundraise exactly how you would imagine: with a Yappy Hour at Mutt Lynch Winery! The shelter is participating in Mutt Lynch's "Wines That Give Back" label program and designed their own wine label, with 25% of the proceeds donated back to the shelter. Mixing wine and philanthropy? The Real Housewives would be proud.

And now, grab your glass of rosé and meet your Real Shelter Dogs, complete with opening-credits worthy taglines!


Dogs don’t need Botox, so I might as well smile.” - Donnie

Donnie is 6.5-year-old pit bull terrier mix. Of the many wonders of this world, you'll find he ranks high on the list. Have you ever seen a dog with tiger stripes? How about an American pit mix who is losing his sight, yet embraces life with a sense of fun and curiosity?


“I'm like a fine champagne: I bubble, I fizz, and you want to take me home.” - Tiki

Tiki is a one-year-old terrier mix. This busy, active funny girl who needs an adopter who is more "go" than "whoa." She adores people. And didn’t you know ladies? “Brindle is the new black.”


“Lots of dogs are cute, but I have a leg up on the competition.” - Charlie

Charlie is a 7-month-old shepherd. Everyone who meets him says "This is just the nicest German Shepherd ever!" He is a totally goofy and engaging tri-pod.


"I only drink water, but I'm everyone’s cup of tea."- Barley

Barley is a 4.5-year-old shepherd. Looking for your very own gentle giant? Easygoing Barley would love nothing more than to hang out with his person and keep the rug warm!


“I may be a goofball but I’m also a Good Boy—and I own it.” - Maestro

Maestro is a 8-month-old boxer/labrador mix. Have you ever seen an adolescent who isn't quite sure how their body works? That would be Maestro. He's pretty goofy—and just all over the place.


Dignity and grace are my favorite accessories; well, those and a nice tennis ball.” - Brady

Brady is a 2-year-old pit bull terrier mix. This lovely dog is everything one could want in a strong, sweet companion. Brady is our ambassador to teach other dogs how to play with grace, dignity, and all-out rock and roll.


Please visit for more information on this organization and please call 707-542-0882 if you are interested in adopting any of these sweet doggos!

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